Originally created 07/27/06


Track and Field

Ex-Lakeside star wins on final try

In Helsinki, Finland, Lakeside graduate Reese Hoffa won the shot put at the GE Money Grand Prix, leading the United States to a sweep in the event.

Hoffa posted a mark of 70 feet, 10 inches, on his final throw to win. Dan Taylor, who led before the final round, took second (70-1) and Christian Cantwell was third (69-4).

Hoffa had problems with his technique early.

"I started badly, especially my third was too low," Hoffa said. "Dan's effort (in the fifth round) charged me. After my last, I thought Christian would go past me, but it did not happen."


Midland Valley pros tie for fourth place

The Midland Valley Country Club team of head pro Brooks Blackburn and assistant pro Tommy Carpenter tied for fourth place in the Carolinas PGA's Pro-Assistant in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Blackburn and Carpenter shot 65-65-130 at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club and the Members Club at Grande Dunes. They finished three shots out of first place and won $850.

Ken Guilford and Kris Cappuzzo of Cabarrus Country Club shot 64-64-128 and beat Elk River Club's Oliver Peacock and John Carter on the first hole of a playoff. The winners earned $1,800.

- Six players qualified for the U.S. Amateur in a sectional qualifier at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta.

Thomas Hegler (69-66-135), Steven Tiley (64-71-135), Matthew Swan (67-68-135), Roberto Castro (68-67-136), Chris Kirk (70-68-138) and Mark Strickland (67-71-138) will play in the U.S. Amateur, which starts Aug. 21 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

There will be another qualifier July 31-Aug. 1 at the Standard Club in Duluth.

Minor League Baseball

Jackets are back on winning track

In Lakewood, N.J., David Maroul had two doubles and two RBI to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 5-3 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws.

It was the eighth victory in the past nine games for Augusta, which lost to Lakewood 3-2 in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Julian Benavidez' sacrifice fly in the sixth inning plated the go-ahead run.

Augusta led 4-3 going to the ninth inning when Eugenio Velez helped the GreenJackets score an insurance run.

Velez reached on his second hit of the game, then stole second and third base. He then scored on Pablo Sandoval's infield out, making it 5-3.

After allowing a leadoff single in the ninth, Wayne Foltin set the next three batters down in order for his 15th save.

Ronnie Ray (6-5) gave up three runs in six innings to pick up the victory.

Horse Racing

Dogwood Stable horse earns win

In Saratoga, N.Y., Cotton Blossom won the Schuylerville Stakes, a Grade 3 race for 2-year-old fillies.

Cotton Blossom is owned by Aiken's Dogwood Stable.

John Velazquez was the rider and Todd Pletcher is Cotton Blossom's trainer.

The victory paid $66,780, bringing Cotton Blossom's career earnings to $88,380 in two starts.


McBride won't be returning to team

Brian McBride, the only American player to score in two different World Cups, is retiring from international soccer.

The 34-year-old McBride, who plays for Fulham in the English Premier League, is the second-leading scorer in U.S. national team history with 30 goals in 95 games.

The three-time World Cup veteran has the second-most appearances for the U.S. in World Cup matches with 10, starting all five games in 2002 and scoring one goal each against Portugal and Mexico.

He also had the team's only goal in 1998.


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